On March 17, 100 workers and community members carried out a large demonstration around one of the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands’ biggest events of the year, its annual Beatles-tribute festival. Demonstrators picketed and distributed leaflets to describing the difficulties workers face and calling on the hotel’s owners, RosDev Group, to meet with workers to negotiate a fair contract.
For over two years, Canadian-based real estate giant RosDev Group, who acquired the Crowne Plaza location in Dec. 2004, has thwarted workers’ attempts to negotiate a contract that will ensure them decent wages, benefits and working conditions.
In fact, when RosDev took over at the location it unilaterally stripped union members of their seniority and robbed workers of hundreds of thousands of dollars of paid vacation. The National Labor Relations Board has declared RosDev’s actions illegal and ordered the company to pay workers, but RosDev refuses to comply or even to sit down with workers.